Monday, March 13, 2017

Mom Life: The Best Laid Plans

I had so much that I planned on doing and getting done last week. And then half of us got the stomach flu and that pretty much filled our entire week. Thankfully only half of us got it and we all made it through, but wow! Our house still shows that I didn't get much done in the housekeeping department for many days.

 (Well, I did have a constant stream of gross laundry that was being processed. And I did thoroughly de-germify the entire house, so there is that. Oh and also, lots and lots of snuggles. Why are snuggles never on our to-do list? and did we ever make use of our Netflix!!)

So here it is a new week and we all seem to be healthy. I should really hit the ground running today, but I slept in and now that the big girls are off to school, I am typing this and planning on enjoying my second cup of coffee. 

Ah, the mom life. Here's hoping that I find my motivation in one of the piles around the house and get at it

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sweetie at 9 Months

This little lady has had a developmental explosion the last month. She started really getting her army crawl on right after she turned 8 months. Then she would get up on her hands and knees, but not really go anywhere on them. Over the last two weeks she has started to hands and knees crawl. And now most recently she is pulling herself up. It has been crazy. The Mister was gone for an overnight trip and she had mastered pulling up while he was gone.
As demonstrated by these pictures, she rarely holds still!! Diaper changes are tricky for sure!!
We also just made the big switch to having her sleep in a crib in Shortcake's room. While I wouldn't have minded keeping her in the bassinet in our room for a bit longer, her movement made me worry about her safety in there anymore. Also, we are trying to get her to sleep a bit longer at night and we thought that not being right in with us might help. So far she is doing okay in the crib. The first night she rocked it in there and I was hoping that would do the trick, but since then she is up a few times a night. I am trying to be good about not bringing her in our bed when she wakes up at night. While that is super easy, it probably is time to wean her out of that habit.
At her nine month appointment she weighed in at 20# and is inches long. She has been doing really well with the solid foods. She really likes to eat.
Even though she is number four, I am still amazed at God's design for the human body and growth! She is still a little sweetheart. Super content and chill most of the time. (Although she is good about letting us know when she is sad. Just look at that face!!) She is such a great fit for our family!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Catch Up:October Eddition

Whoa! I knew that it had been a while, but October?? Really? I have been missing this little space of mine on the web. And while it is hard to find blogging time with everything else I do in my day, I would like to try to find my groove here again. I love this platform for sharing my mind and documenting our little tribe. I know I can't promise any regular posts, but I want to give it a go again.
First off, lets see what happened in the month of October.
*We got a new-to-us van. It had been on our to-do list for a while. We had purchased our last van when Peachy was just a baby. The Mr knew what he wanted and how much he wanted to pay. He found what he was looking for on Craigslist and purchased it. It took some sweat equity to get it clean and ready, but we are now the proud owners of a Honda.

*We enjoyed some great outside time as we ended fall with some wonderfully warm days. (I can't wait to get back to green grass again!!)
*We've had our fair share of illnesses. For the most part they are just colds, ear infections, and minor annoyances. This little man did get hand, foot, and mouth, though. Thankfully he handled it like a champ. The Mr also had some sort of weird stomach issue in October that landed us in the ER for the first time as a married couple. Thankfully, he was able to get over it without too many problems.

*The Mr's parents blessed us with a big-kid free weekend at the end of October and we tackled cleaning the carpets and painting the living room and hallway, walls and ceilings. It made such a difference to get that paint on the walls and change out the window treatments. It made it feel so much more our style and our home.

*Once the Mr got the laminate flooring in the dining and front entry, we were able to do an over-haul on my sewing area. It is such a happy place for me to do my creating!!

*Of course Halloween was in there. The girls and I hit up their school's annual party the weekend before Halloween. Cream won first place in the costume contest for her age group with her crayon box. (The men folk stayed home as Shortcake was still in the thick of hand, foot, and mouth.) I took the four trick or treating to the downtown businesses and our church's trunk or treat.

*This sweet girl turned five months old. I will have to look at my camera to see if I actually took five month pictures or not. (Ah, poor Sweetie, we really do love and cherish you despite the lack of monthly pictures and posts.)
That's it for the highlight reel of October!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sweetie Pie: Four Months

Goodness gracious, I love this peanut so much! At four months our Sweetie enjoys sitting up with help and being right in the middle of the action. She gets upset at us when we sit down to eat and leave her in her bouncy chair on the floor. It is as if she is saying, "I am a part of this family, too, guys!"

Her siblings all love her and she loves the attention that she gets from each of them. Mr. Shortcake will bring her ALL of the toys and pile them all up around her. The girls love talking to her and seeing what she will grab on to.

Her sleep is all over the board at this point. She gave us her longest stretch this weekend and slept 9 hours!! Then the next night she was up six times, I think. (I lost count!) I often bring her in our bed to nurse in the night and find myself fallen asleep with her. I think she likes being in our cozy big bed.

Looking at her cheeks and rolls we know she doesn't need to be up at night! She is weighing in at 16#12oz and measures 24 inches long. She is definitely a squishy baby!!

She is desperately trying to figure her hands out. She will sit and work and work at grabbing something. Quite often this involves flapping her arms around uncontrollably. So beware is you are holding her, you just might end up with a slap to the face.

She has yet to roll over. I blame this on the fact that I don't do much tummy time with my children. She doesn't like being on the floor because of a strong FOMO! I am trying to get better at giving her time on the floor to figure those large muscles out. She does love to lock those chubby legs and stand, though. Maybe she will go straight to standing.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sweetie Turns 2 Months

This little lady is such a happy addition to our tribe. She loves being right in the mix of things and prefers sitting up in our laps to reclining just so she can see what is all going on around her. We have even done some Bumbo sessions and she loves it.

Thankfully she doesn't mind being on the go which happens pretty regularly with three older siblings. When I take all four of them out I get many comments about how busy and brave I am. It is funny how it really isn't all that big of a deal most of the time. (Although the older ones can cause the most trouble. Why is that?) And if you really want a parenting challenge, take all four of them to a few flooring stores in an evening. Yikes!

Sweetie is doing fairly well on the sleep front. She usually wakes up about 6 hours after she first goes down and then again in another 3ish hours. Most of the time she settles back down pretty quickly although some nights we play the pacifier game for a while. Insert paci, wait for it fall out, re-insert and repeat.

She is a very efficient eater and has the rolls to prove it. She actually weighed in at 14 pounds and 4 ounces at her two month appointment and measured 22 inches long. It is a blessing to not have to worry about how much she weighs or how much she eats. She has taken about two bottles, but otherwise she just hangs out with mom and gets her milk that way.

She definitely has her social moments these days. She will coo and smile and really likes her siblings to pay attention to her. And she gets plenty of attention from them. :D

We love, love, love our little squishy and feel so blessed to have her in our family!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sweetie's Birth Story

Going into the last month of my pregnancy I had many thoughts. When would I call Mr. Cherry to come home from work, what would I do with the other three kids, would I get sent home from the hospital like I had with Peachy and Shortcake . . .

While I knew I had no control over these details and something would work out, I couldn't help but think about it. I am a planner. It is just the way I am. However, Sweetie's birth worked out wonderfully. I keep thinking about how God's hand of providence was over us all working out the little details as well as the big.

Mr. Cherry's sister was visiting us for a few days and we kept on joking/hoping the baby would come while she was at our house. However, three days came and went and there wasn't anything too promising on the baby front. I was doing all that I could to encourage the baby, walks, squats, sitting on our balance ball. I had a few times I thought it might be the start of something only to have it fade to nothing.

On Saturday night Mr. Cherry and I said we were going to bed at 10, because we couldn't guarantee a good night of sleep once the baby got here, so we should take advantage of the nights we had before he/she came. A little after we got into bed a I had a strong contraction and felt a pop. I checked and it sure seemed like my water had broken. With my other three deliveries, my water didn't break until I was in actual labor at the hospital and with an epidural, so I wasn't exactly sure that is what had happened.

I called the hospital and told them we were coming in. We gathered our things and drove the five minutes to the hospital where we checked in through the ER because it was after hours. By 11 pm we were up in the labor and delivery until in a room. They ran a test and determined that my water had broke, but by that point I was pretty sure that it had. Also my contractions were picking up.
The nurse called the midwife on call, one of the only midwives that I hadn't met yet. In the meantime, they got my iv going and started administering antibiotics because I was group b positive again. The midwife arrived and told us she had almost hit a deer on her way in. Shortly after she arrived I decided that I wanted an epidural again. It didn't take long for the anesthesiologist to arrive. He was really good and had it in and working pretty quickly.

Little Miss decided to give us some excitement in the next couple of hours. Her heart rate dropped and they ended up connecting her to a scalp heart monitor. She did it a few other times. Each time they would roll me to my side, give me oxygen, and increase the rate of my iv. Thankfully she came around each time. The final time, the midwife told me that I was far enough dilated that we would just deliver her and be done with the drama. She decided that I would deliver on my side since that was the position the baby seemed happiest in.As with my other deliveries, the pushing portion went very quickly. A few pushes and there she was. Our little lady. She did have the cord around her neck, so that may have been why she was having heart decelerations.
However, when  she arrived at 2:42 am, she was perfect. Mr. Cherry told me that she was a girl. We decided to use the girl name that had in mind for Shortcake. (We really struggled with names this time, but it is the perfect name for our Sweetie.) She weighed in at 8 pounds and 10 ounces and measured 20 inches long. (Just about the same as her siblings.)
While it was a long night, it went so smoothly. All of my worrying was for nothing. And I finally got my wish to just have my water break rather than worrying about timing contractions and deciding when we should go in. God has truly blessed our family.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sweetie at One Month

One month ago our fourth little blessing entered our family. She is growing by leaps and bounds and doing really well. Her siblings love her and would like to hold and play with her all of the time! She is a champion nurser and can go for about three hours between feedings, but often likes them a little more frequently, especially during the day. Just over the last few days I have noticed that she has much more quiet alert time. She has even graced us with a few sweet smiles and some intentional gurgles.
Her favorite place to be is up on momma's shoulder, but has started to tolerate other people and positions a bit more as of late. She is not a fan of being in her swing or bouncy chair. (Bummer for me, but I do enjoy the sweet snuggles.)

She had her first road trip and night away from home last weekend when we traveled to a wedding three hours away. She actually was a rockstar at the hotel and slept the longest she has yet, from 11 pm until 5 am.

As I was sitting there rocking her the other night I was thinking about how amazing it is to add a little person to your family. Even though she is our fourth, it just never gets old.